By Will Butcher
Leeds fans are devastated on Twitter after hearing that striker Chris Wood has picked up an injury on national team duty with New Zealand.
Wood, 25, suffered the injury after being on the receiving end of a late tackle from behind, and has now returned to Yorkshire early instead of playing against Fiji on Tuesday.
New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson revealed on the All Whites’ official website that the former Leicester forward’s injury was “not too serious”.
With Leeds’ number nine in red-hot form as of late, the news will come as a huge blow and could severely hamper Leeds’ chances of achieving promotion if it keeps Wood on the sidelines for a delayed period.
Wood has struck 27 times this season in all competitions and even continued his goalscoring form in the 2-0 2018 World Cup win over Fiji, before sustaining the injury.
Leeds fans are gutted on Twitter, with some angry that Wood was allowed to represent his country at such a crucial time in the Championship promotion chase.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Steve Lawrence (@super_leeds70) March 28, 2017
— Danielle. (@_daniellewh) March 28, 2017
and just wat we knew wod happen, Y can't they do these games in the summer
— tim mollitt (@sparkytim999) March 28, 2017
— Dirty Leeds Scum (@DirtyLeedsFC) March 28, 2017
If Chris Wood has come back injured from NZ, I am boycotting Flight of the concords, The movies of Peter Jackson, Crowded House +lamb #lufc
— Joe LUFC ???????? (@LUFC_LUFC) March 28, 2017
— Marc Collins (@marccollins62) March 28, 2017
Chris Wood injured, brilliant! #lufc
— Adam Room (@AdamRoom17) March 28, 2017
Garry Monk’s undisputed first-choice striker was expected to start on Saturday as the Whites travel to play-off rivals Reading, in a match that could shape the final standings come May.
It remains to be seen if Wood will feature against the Royals after his latest setback, but fans will be desperately hoping that their striker arrives back in decent shape.